Archive for April, 2011

Android Video Players: Best Of

April 29th, 2011 Leave a comment
Android Video Players: Best Of

Android’s standard Movies app is a little lacking; much like the stock music app, it’s functional but leaves quite a bit to be desired in polish and features. Thankfully, Android’s robust developer community have taken it upon themselves to create some video players of their own: here’s some players that are not only more polished and nuanced but are fully-featured, well-crafted video playing apps in their own right! 1. RockPlayer http://rockplayer.freecoder.org/index_en.html RockPlayer is an absolutely amazing app. It’s the VLC of the Android world, being able to play just about any media file out there. It took everything I threw at it, from… View full post »

Best Hadoop Books: My Top 3 Choices

April 23rd, 2011 Leave a comment 1 comment
Best Hadoop Books: My Top 3 Choices

Hadoop is a buzzword that’s been thrown around all over the place: As Apache’s software framework for managing vast amounts of distributed datasets, it’s become increasingly popular in a world where the petabyte has gone from a theoretical maximum to a likely one. Hadoop’s popularity, however, doesn’t stem from its intuitive nature; to help you understand and use Hadoop effectively, here’s a list of books on the subject that are informative, clear, and helpful! Hadoop: The Definitive Guide By Tom White O’Reilly tends to be very reliable on the technical front, and this book from Tom White is no exception: it’s an informative,… View full post »

Music on Android: Best Music Players Reviewed

April 19th, 2011 Leave a comment 2 comments
Music on Android: Best Music Players Reviewed

The standard Android player is functional, but that’s all that it is: many Android users hunger for a more robust feature set from their music player. Thankfully, a few Android developers have felt the same thing; here’s a list of a few music players that are outstanding in their features and functions! 1. doubleTwist http://www.doubletwist.com/ doubleTwist markets itself as “iTunes for Android”, and that’s exactly what it is, more or less; its UI is sleek and functional, and it offers features very similar to the music player on any Apple device. A very neat feature here is “AirSync”, a feature that lets you… View full post »

HTML5 Application Caching

April 6th, 2011 Leave a comment
HTML5 Application Caching

HTML5 has a number of great things about it that HTML4 did not; in this article, we’re going to talk about one specifically, principally how much better it is at dealing with offline caching than its predecessor. In HTML4, you had no alternative to offline caching except for manually downloading whatever it is you wanted off the website you were browsing; this was clumsy and inefficient, especially since the website can change daily or even hourly, rendering your offline copy useless until you manually downloaded it all over again. Furthermore, the page would render oddly if you didn’t download all… View full post »